The Institute is formulating a strategic haredi housing plan for the period through 2035, in collaboration with the Ministry of Construction.

The project is headed by Mr. Yitzhak Pindrus, former mayor of Beitar Illit, with the project team comprised of various experts in sociology, geography and urban planning.

The project is unique in its collaborative work between various government ministries, notably the Ministry of Construction, and the haredi community, which for the first time is working toward building a professional, strategic plan for itself.

The program is comprised of two main stages:

Stage I: In March 2016 the Institute published the final report of the first stage of the plan. Click here to download the housing master plan (Hebrew).

The report presents a wide range of solutions detailing various housing development possibilities suited to the unique characteristics and needs of the haredi community and its sub-sectors. These solutions allow for flexibility as regards the desired distribution, the strategic decisions as to the number of units in each type of housing development option, and adapting the housing solutions to target populations in the haredi community.

The above is given consideration while maintaining a proper balance between the haredi desire to remain separate and the processes of integration that it is undergoing; between market forces; and between deliberate policy and initiating the creation of appropriate geographical and urban spaces.

During the summer, the program was presented to the housing cabinet and a forum of government ministries involved in the planning process.

Following the housing cabinet’s approval of the plans, it received the status of a government decision at a cabinet meeting on August 11 2016. Click here to download the government decision (Hebrew).

Stage II: The second stage of the project is presently underway.

The plan will include planning norms for haredi residential centers, with regard to public areas, educational facilities, commerce, employment and transportation, and creating an optimized haredi space.

This project is in collaboration with several government ministries, including the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Transport and more. At this stage the team is focused on advancing housing solutions in mixed cities, while providing the authorities with planning tools in order to enable them to properly absorb the incoming haredi residents and provide solutions in the areas of education, employment, welfare, transportation and more.

The Institute will be publishing a program guide, together with the Ministry of Construction.